May 14, 2008

A Richard Simmons sighting

Only in Manhattan can you be running late for dinner with your girls and then run into Richard Simmons while hailing a cab. As I hurriedly exited my hotel and hung off the sidewalk to signal a cab, a black car pulled up and out walked Richard Simmons. Being the quick trigger that I am, I hastily snapped the following photo with my cell phone in one hand and opening the door to my taxi with the other. He was of course in a pair of his signature little shorts.


He must stay at the hotel often because he excitedly greeted the doorman and other staff members. His energy was palpable and in just the few seconds that I saw him he was all fluttery movements and enthusiastic words. His face looked older, but his afro like hair and well toned legs looked the same as it did in the 80s when he was first Sweatin' to the Oldies. Hmm the disco edition looks interesting...

Like everyone else I used to make fun of him while watching Hollywood Squares, but then I saw a TV special years and years ago and saw all the good he's done. I remember seeing him at a hospital crying sympathetically with a mother of an obese son who was in critical danger and I of course started crying and also admiring the crazy Richard Simmons for his work too.

26 comments

  1. tara,i love ur blog so much!i link u in my blog~

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  2. i wish taking snaps on my camera phone came to me like second nature it does you. WOW nice snap. ;)

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  3. How do I change my blog skin??? Mine keeps saying,"Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly."

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  4. You are becoming a real Paparazzi!
    Mom

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  5. I love this blog and always enjoy the latest updates. Love the pics as well much better than any I take! Keep them coming. www.beautyparlor.co.uk

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  6. Great photo! I would have fumbled my phone and have been lucky to take a picture of his foot.

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  7. haha that is awesome. i love that you got a pic, you are my hero :)

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  8. Just pondering how I can make my blog cooler and more desirable; I'm marking WTMB for inspiration!

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  9. Hi Tara and thanks for visiting my blog. I loved Richard Simmons all those years ago. You know, there are a lot of people out there who make a living doing a fake kind of 'caring' - but he is one of very few who I actually think does care. I'd rather see him as a trainer on The Biggest Loser than Bob or Jillian, that's for sure!

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  11. I wonder if Richard Simmons always wears those signature little shorts! LOL

    Rebecca

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  12. well that's some quick shooting Tara, wow, haven't seen Simmons in a long time.

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  13. Don't know if you've realised, but you were just featured on the Blogger "Blogs of Note". I followed through because I was bored and have been thoroughly entertained. Congratulations on the interesting reading.

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  14. LOL I love Mom's comment.

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  15. Sorry that anon was me.

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  16. Great picture - I never get to see true celebs like that in London!

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  17. He is great. I have to admit, with all the shouting and jumping around he did in those little outfits, I was honestly terrified of him as a child.Pretty good picture, being you took it so quickly with a cell phone:)

    www.totosbasket.com

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  18. that is awesome! the expression on simmons' face is priceless....

    your phone takes great quality pictures.

    ~leah

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  19. What a sweet girl you are Tara. I really enjoyed that blog. :) Have a great weekend! And nice picture!!!

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  20. I saw that you posted about Richard Simmons and remembered your blog from when you worked on that Ocean Spray event in LA!

    He was actually in NYC promoting Ocean Spray's new energy drink Cranergy. He danced in Penn Station with commuters all day yesterday. Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOBrG1BwrxM.

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  21. I don't like him in this picture.

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